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U.S. forces in Okinawa under curfew after suspected murder

Toukyo - US forces in Okinawa are to be put under night-time curfew for a month following the suspected rape and murder of a woman by a former US marine, officials said Saturday.

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

Yokogawa - Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world's first nuclear strike seven decades ago came face-to-face Friday with the present-day commander-in-chief of the country that launched the attack. And one of them got a hug.

Japan's oldest elephant dies, aged 69

Toukyo - Japanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on Friday, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity.

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Moscow - Russia said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military presence on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan, including plans to set up a new base on an uninhabited island.

Obama makes history with Hiroshima visit

Yokogawa - Barack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday and called for a world free of nuclear weapons, during a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima.

China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

Bejing - China said on Friday that Japan's World War II violence is more worthy of remembrance than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, ahead of a historic visit by US President Barack Obama.

Key dates in the nuclear arms race

Yokogawa - Here is a timeline of the development of nuclear weapons, as US President Barack Obama pays a historic visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Friday.

Hiroshima bombing: The morning the earth shook

Yokogawa - With a blinding flash of light and an ear-splitting roar, the age of nuclear conflict arrived with terrifying and awe-inspiring force on August 6, 1945, changing the course of history, and killing 140,000 people.

Hiroshima: What happened to people?

Yokogawa - The atomic blast in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterwards.

Global economy is 'urgent priority': G7

Misumi - Pumping up the world economy is an "urgent priority" G7 leaders said Friday, as they warned there could be dire global consequences if Britain decides to leave the EU.

EU spin doctor lobs Twitter bomb at Trump, populist politicians

Nihon - A leading aide to top European Union official Jean-Claude Juncker railed against Donald Trump and other populist politicians on Thursday, bemoaning the thought of them in power as a "horror scenario".

'I still hate the glow of the sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales

Yokogawa - For survivors of the world's first nuclear attack, the day America unleashed a terrible bomb over the city of Hiroshima remains seared forever in their minds.

North Korea is a 'big worry for all of us': Obama at G7

Ise - US President Barack Obama took aim at North Korea Thursday, calling it a "big worry" after a meeting with his G7 counterparts, as tensions escalate following Pyongyang's series of nuclear tests.

Obama to make history with Hiroshima visit

Yokogawa - President Barack Obama will make history on Friday when he travels to Hiroshima -- becoming the first sitting US leader to visit the site that ushered in the age of nuclear conflict.

Turkey 'threats' over migrant deal won't work: Juncker

Nihon - Turkey must uphold its side of a deal made with the European Union over stemming the flow of migrants, a top EU official said Thursday, warning "threats" against the bloc will not work.

G7 needs 'clear and tough stance' on territorial disputes: Tusk

Ise - The Group of Seven needs to take a "clear and tough stance" on China's controversial maritime claims and the Russian annexation of Crimea, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday.

G7 leaders make stop at Shinto shrine

Ise - World leaders indulged in a spot of tourism Thursday, wandering through an ancient shrine, in a visit that took them to the heart of Japan's native Shinto religion.

Hot topics at the G7 summit in Japan

Nihon - Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial democracies meet in Japan Thursday for two days of talks.Here are the hot topics up for discussion at Ise-Shima, a resort 300 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of Tokyo, and what to expect from the talks.

World needs to act together on refugees: Tusk

Nihon - The world needs to act together on the refugee crisis gripping Europe, and not leave the continent to battle the problem alone, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday.

G7 leaders' visit to Ise Shrine: Things to know

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will Thursday take fellow world leaders on a tour of Ise Shrine, an ancient spot that sits at the heart of Japan's native Shinto religion.

China hits back as G7 opens in Japan

Ise - World leaders on Thursday kicked off talks dominated by the global economy and worries over China's growing clout -- and were told by Beijing to keep their noses out of its business.

Obama says G7 Hiroshima trip to honour 'all' war dead

Nihon - Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima this week "will honour all those who were lost in World War II" the US president said Wednesday, hours after arriving in Japan for a Group of Seven summit.

Bomber and bombed: U.S., Japan bound by atomic legacy

Toukyo - Japan and the United States have forged one of the world's most enduring -- some would say improbable -- relationships in the seven decades since American atomic bombs laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 200,000 people.

A-bomb survivors to attend Obama's Hiroshima memorial

Toukyo - Survivors of the American nuclear bombing of Hiroshima will be present when US President Barack Obama lays a wreath at ground zero this week, reports said Wednesday.

Japan manhunt after millions stolen in hours-long ATM heist

Toukyo - A manhunt is underway for criminals who looted millions from Japan's cash machines nationwide in an hours-long heist, officials and reports said Monday.

Obama says no apology for A-bomb on Hiroshima visit

Toukyo - Barack Obama will not apologise for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he this week becomes the first sitting US president to visit the city, he told Japanese television.

Obama departs on trip to Vietnam, Japan

Andrews Afb - Barack Obama departed Saturday on a trip to Vietnam and Japan that will include the first visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack, by a sitting US president.Obama left at 1:20 p.m.

G7 warns of Brexit 'shock' to global economy

Sendai - A British vote to quit the European Union would inflict a "shock" on the global economy, G7 ministers said Saturday, presenting a united front against the prospect of a "Brexit".

Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over U.S. arrest

Toukyo - Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.

G7 warns over global economy as currency row flares

Sendai - G7 finance ministers on Saturday voiced concern about the sputtering global economy as they looked for a plan to stoke growth, while a currency policy clash overshadowed their meetings.
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